And then there were three: Autodesk boosts its simulation powers by bringing NASTRAN into the fold

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, solidworks, autodesk, simulation, inventor, cad, cfd, fea, femap, nx nastran

The 3D design giant, Autodesk, has had a history in simulation (for the purposes of design and manufacturing) for nearly a decade and a halfp

Since it first acquired Solid Dynamics to put motion simulation inside Inventor back in 2005, the company has been through a long string of acquisitions to get it to this point. Solid Dynamics was followed by a pretty consistent streak:

  • Moldflow for injection moulding
  • PlassoTech for CAD integrated, basic linear structural work inside Inventor
  • Algor for linear structural simulation
  • Blue Ridge Numerics for Computation Fluid Dynamics
  • Firehole for composites simulation

Last week, the company finally acknowledge that it had acquired NEi and it’s line of NASTRAN based tools.

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Project Velocity: Belfast students aiming to break legendary 47-year-old motorcycle speed record

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: kickstarter, motorcycle, motorcycles, motorcycle design, queens university, legend, burt munro, northern ireland, belfast, team velocity

The legendary Burt Munro’s record is the one Team Velocity are trying to beat on Bonneville Salt Flats

A team of students, with its roots at Queens University, Belfast, is aiming to break the 1,000cc Bonneville Salt Flats speed record, which has stood for over 47 years.

Still held by Burt Munro, a New Zealand motorcycle racer who worked 20 years on customising his 1920s Indian motorcycle to break the record for a final time in 1967, his story has inspired this new generation of land speed racers.

Team Velocity are aiming to hit 250mph on the famous flats next year, and although they have a full year of research and development behind them, they’ve taken to Kickstarter to enlist support.

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MechanicalColor - Wheely plug in for Modo

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, modo, the foundry, mechanicalcolor, adam eats pizza with a fork

Wheely: Easy Radial Symmetry for MODO from Adam O'Hern on Vimeo.

If you’re using Modo for design (come on, you KNOW you want to), then you’ll know that while it has all those fancy bells, whistles and other bits and bobs that let you create complex geometry using some Sub D magic, it’s not so hot on some of the tools that more mainstream CAD tool users might be used to - like patterning features in a radial array for instance.

So, with great cheer, the folks at MechanicalColour have released the Wheely plug-in (or kit) for Modo that gives you some of that power back.

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168 Hours with a Formlabs Form 1+ 3D printer: Day 2 & 3

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, rapid prototyping, prototype, industrial design, cad, engineering, formlabs, uv curing 3d prints, uv oven

Our first test print - Makie Boots - fine details combined with solid little parts that have some interesting features here and there - thumbtack for scale

If you’ve not been following this, we’re spending time with the Form 1+ from Formlabs.

The initial post is here, but to bring you up to speed, we spent the first day unpacking, setting up the machine and printing some first test parts.

The results are in and they came out pretty well.

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Pennsylvania, 3D Systems and America Makes turn to universities for future of 3D printing

Published 20 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, 3d systems, carnegie mellon university, america makes, pennsylvania, lehigh university

Dr. Ozdoganlar, Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Allen Snyder, Lehigh University, Jim Williams, 3D Systems, Gov. Tom Corbett, Ralph Resnick, America Makes, Ed Morris, America Makes

As part of the larger Research for Additive Manufacturing in Pennsylvania (RAMP) program, 3D Systems has announced a new award scheme for universities researching future 3D printing technologies.

Along with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and America Makes, it announced that grants of $1m have been awarded to Carnegie Mellon University and Lehigh University, while additional private industry in-kind contributions to a value of $1m are being provided to fund both projects.

Ultimately the project is a drive by Pennsylvania to spark interest from some of the State’s best universities in collaborating with its manufacturing and technical institutions, a smart move for a state edging to be at the forefront of America’s movement to re-shore manufacturing.

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Project Ventus from Autodesk Labs looks to wrap up CFD simulation

Published 19 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, simulation, cfd, autodesk labs, cfd analysis, ventus

Autodesk Labs has announced Project Ventus, a surface wrapping tool for CFD simulation

Q3, that ever so sexy way of saying ‘summer is almost over’, is upon us, which more positively gives us some new software from Autodesk Labs to get excited about.

Autodesk Labs has announced Project Ventus for Simulation CFD, a surface wrapping tool to take a model, surface wrap it, add an external volume, and generate a CFD quality mesh that can be imported to Simulation CFD.

According to Labs program manager Scott Sheppard: “The intent is to easily generate a mesh for CAD models that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to mesh for CFD simulations without extensive CAD cleanup.”

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Theorem releases Multi-CAD ‘CADverter’ for PTC Creo

Published 19 August 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, catia, dassault systemes, ptc, plm, dassault systèmes, cad, creo, plm swapout, theorem

Theorem’s Multi-CAD plug-in allows PTC Creo data to work interactively within Catia

Theorem Solutions has launched Multi-CAD, a new ‘smart PLM’ tool benefitting those working with PLM and design data collaborations between Catia and PTC Creo.

Developed specifically for Catia V5 and V6 and PTC Creo, the plugin transforms collaboration by enabling the Dassault Systèmes software user to work interactively with Creo parametric data directly from within a Catia design environment.

Able to process tessellated and precise data plus product manufacturing information, Theorem’s Multi-CAD solution can be run from within the V5 or V6 interface or configured to batch process multiple files for improved efficiency.

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